Mr. G. E. Mariner (Old Bailey Trial)

Part of Petition – in the House of Commons at 1:02 pm on 22 May 1981.

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Photo of Sir Patrick Mayhew Sir Patrick Mayhew , Royal Tunbridge Wells 1:02, 22 May 1981

At this juncture I am referring to the September period, when the matter first came up. Where it is understood that an accused person is to plead guilty, witnesses are not warned to attend, because oral evidence on the facts of the case is not necessary and is seldom taken. That course is normally followed to save witnesses the worry, inconvenience and expense of attending court.